As we consider our future… — Local Futures
Ask not for energy or goods that depend on international supply chains.
Ask not for solar power, wind power or battery electric storage (BESS). Ask not for e-vehicles (EVs) or smartphones. These can’t be manufactured without fossil fuels, extractions, deforestation, greenhouse gases, toxic waste and international supply chains. They can’t operate without backup from fossil fuels or battery power. They don’t biodegrade.
Don’t just ask about greenhouse gas emissions during a product’s operation. Ask about energy and water consumption, extractions and chemical waste, worker hazards and ecological harm during manufacturing of devices and infrastructure.
Ask not for marketers’ sales pitches.
Ask not how to continue your current lifestyle.
Ask how much water fabs use to manufacture silicon for solar panels and transistors. Ask why silicon smelters use Tar Sands’ petcoke. Ask about solar panels’ perfluorinated chemical coating (PFAs) — and how to remove PFAs from soil.
Ask why countries where corporations extract ores for “renewables,” smartphones and EVs score “unustainable” on the UN’s index while countries that buy these goods score “sustainable.”
Ask about the fire hazards of EVs, solar PVs, BESS and wind turbines. Ask for due diligent evaluations that mitigate hazards from licensed professional engineers.
Ask how electromagnetic radiation exposure from EVs and other electronics impacts children and people with medical implants. Ask how wind turbines impact wildlife and public health… during manufacturing and operation.
Ask how to reduce energy consumption by 40%, asap.
Ask how to build an economy based on neighbor-to-neighbor relationships and local raw materials.
Originally published at https://www.localfutures.org on December 14, 2021.